The Grace of God

“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men.” (Titus 2:11)

In this verse we read that the grace of God has appeared. Yet the grace of God has always been even before the foundation of the world, the foundations of the universe, and the foundation of time as we know it. As we look at the word “grace” simply the accepted meaning is the favor of God. When the angel appeared unto Mary, the mother of the Savior, he said, “The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God.” (Luke 1:30) The word “favor” in this verse is the same word “grace” in our text. Grace is the favor of God but it carries a greater meaning than that.

Grace in Greek is Charis and carries the meaning of the divine influence of the heart. In God’s grace we find joy, liberality, pleasure and thankfulness. These attributes lead us to have pleasant and peaceful thoughts about our Heavenly Father, the Creator of the Heavens and the earth. By God’s grace and the grace of God that dwells within us we receive nine fruits of His Spirit to use for His glory. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22)That is by the one Spirit we have love, joy, peace, patients, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. We are equip by the Grace of God to do Good works towards our neighbor.

The Apostle Paul’s word expression, “the grace of God” is used with a certain purpose. The phrase is used as a synonym for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In Paul’s context here the use of the word grace means the Savior of mankind. The Savior of you and me. As he went on to say, “has appeared for the salvation of all men.” This is the beauty in Paul’s passage here that Jesus is the gift of God’s grace by which all of mankind may find their salvation. This is the most important piece of knowledge that a man can have and hold onto. For it is the saving knowledge that sets men from for the bondage of their sin, it is the knowledge that provides the open door of the ark of God that will carry us to our heavenly home with our Heavenly Father. How blessed and wonderful it is to know that the grace of God has appeared unto our heart by divine influence. To us who believe on the name of Jesus, the grace of God, and walk in faith with Him, He is anew each day as the bright and morning star. “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.” (Revelation 22:16)

Paul earlier in his letter to Titus wrote a similar verse. “But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior.” (Titus 3:4-6) Again in these words of Paul, “the goodness and loving kindness of God. Our Savior” he is referring the grace of God which is the Lord Jesus. Through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ indwelling in us His Spirit equips with His power to accomplish the work of His Kingdom here on earth. This is why we pray “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.” (Matthew 6:10) Because we are in partnership with the God of the universe and He works through us. He takes us just as we are and molds us into all that we can be through Him that we can and will accomplish His work for the Kingdom that we are now associated with. There is nothing that we can do of our own. Why would we when we have the power of the universe indwelling within us in the Spirit of Christ. All that we need do is accept His gift and trust and obey. “You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4)

Mankind does not have to face eternal death through the grace of God, Jesus Christ. Through Jesus’s work on the cross He took not only our sins upon Him but the sins of the world. “The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29) Whereas the greatest fear of man is death, because of God’s grace man need no longer have that fear. Death is not an end but a beginning. “But we do see Him who was made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.” (Hebrews 2:9) To each an appointed time is set to die but through our faith in Jesus and His resurrection we all shall live again. “After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.” (1 Peter 5:10)

Through Jesus Christ, the Grace of God, we receive the free gift of our salvation through our faith in Jesus Christ. “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:8) There is a cause and an effect presented here by the Apostle Paul in this verse. Jesus gave Himself as a ransom for many. “Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28) The benefit of His sacrifice on the cross is that all who truly accept Him and place their trust in the atoning blood will have the effect of being justified and receiving salvation.

This is the grace of God, His Son Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Those who call upon His name, believe in Him and follow Him in faith have the hope of eternal life in the Kingdom of God. “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.” (2 Corinthians 13:14)

Thomas N Kirkpatrick

Pleasant Manor, April 25, 2015

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